Cake Decorating

With TV shows such as Cake Boss, the Ultimate Cake Challenge, and Cupcake Wars, the fad of cake decorating has taken off. 

In 4-H, though, cake decorating has been around for a long time.  

Decorating cakes is a great way to explore your creative mind, and have some great bonding time with friends and other 4-Hers. 

Here are some of the great cakes that we saw this year at the Cake Decorating Revue!

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Hope this sparks some great ideas!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Crocheting Project

I stumbled across this awhile ago when I was looking for something to make for my new nephew.  When my sister was visiting for Christmas, I quickly threw together a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle hat for my nephew.  He was recently baptized, so I thought I would make him this

This was actually quite a simple project to make.  There aren’t any difficult stitches or anything. The hardest part is keeping track of what row you’re on.

Send me pictures of yours! Here are some pictures of mine!

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An Easy Community Service Project

If you’re looking for a great way to teach Cloverbuds about community service as well as give them a simple craft project to do at a Cloverbud meeting.

Fleece Tie blankets and scarves are useful for many occasions.  A 4-H afterschool program made two blankets and a bunch of scarves to be donated to the local warming shelter for use when the weather gets cold again.  Although the fleece blankets cannot be used at the shelter, they can be given away to help keep out the cold for those who are not staying at the shelter.

Fleece blankets can also be donated to food pantries and hospitals to be given to newborns and for patients to take home with them.

As with any project it is a good idea to check out rules and regulations before donating them to any organization.

Here are some pictures of the ones made recently.

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Send me pictures of yours!

 

Quilted Tote Bag

This past weekend was the annual Marathon County 4-H Quilt Camp.

Each year at this two day event, campers learn a new quilting technique.  This year was “Half-Square Triangles.”

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Each person had to option of making a quilt, a wall hanging, a tote bag, or a table runner. I chose to make a tote.

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Here is the Tote Bag pattern that I used.

Feel free to try this, use your own fabric and design for the center block.

Send pictures of your final project to marathoncounty4hwi@gmail.com

Department 15: Lot 63

Herb Garden.

Here is a very cute way to create a little herb garden that is different from the usual Terra Cotta pots you.

Mason Jar Herb Garden

For instructions click: DIY_Mason Jar Herb Garden Instructions

Arm Knitting!

I’ve seen this a few different places, and I’ve always wanted to try it. I guess now would be a good chance to.

As I was watching the video that goes along with this I was thinking that this would be a good project for older 4-H youth to do at a meeting.  The younger ones could even do finger knitting so they don’t feel left out.

Then could either make scarves/cowls for themselves or to donate to a worthy cause.

Since I can’t embed videos on this blog, I’ll just post a link to where you can see the video for yourself.

Enjoy!

Arm Knitting Tutorial

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Let me know how they turn out!

Newspaper Baskets

This post also comes to us from our wonderful 4-H Leader, Jacky, and her daughter, Anna.  (Thanks!)

These Newspaper baskets are a great way to reuse some of that old newspaper most of us have laying around the house.  It saves money in recycling costs, and it saves money in buying storage containers.  You can alter the pattern to fit your needs and tastes.  As you can see, one of them was made with something other than newspaper, make this project your own!

The pattern is from a separate website, but Jacky has made a few notes on here to make things easier. The pattern for Newspaper Baskets is here.

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I hope to see a lot of these at the Fair!

Enjoy!

 

 

Needle Felted Snowmen

This submission comes to us from one of our 4-H leaders.

Thank you, Jacky!

This is something we did for Hands-On Day recently and the kids really seemed to enjoy it.  I think the final product came out looking quite cute and makes a great gift or holiday decoration.  This would be a great community service project to brighten up the rooms of residents in an assisted living home, or even a great fair project in either cultural arts or home environment.

The directions for Felted Snowmen are here.

This Needle Felted Snowman is a great project.  I hope you enjoy it and and fun!Image

Gluten-Free Cooking

Gluten-Free cooking and baking has become pretty popular.  Mostly for health reasons.  There seems to have been an upswing in gluten allergies and gluten-intolerance. That is no reason for 4-H not to adapt.  I think 4-Hers should start looking at alternative diets.  Not diets to help you lose weight, but diets to improve health.

After all….that is what one of the Hs stands for.

Marathon County 4-H is looking for some suggestions as to what some good, healthy, tasty gluten-free recipes might be.

There is a lot of negative stigma around Gluten-free, and we want to show that its really not bad at all.

Submit your recipes to marathoncounty4hwi@gmail.com

Thanks!Gluten Free Foods

Welcome!

Well this is the very beginning of our new 4-H Blog!

The purpose of this is to post and share ideas of craft projects, tips for meetings, and to create and all around general sense of community throughout our county. 

Posts on here will also be posted to the Marathon County 4-H Pinterest board, when I get that  up and running. 

Check back soon for more updates!